LIVERMORE FALLS —A 6-year-old boy is improving at a Portland hospital after he was run over by a rear tire of a compact tractor Saturday on Jackman Way, off of Campground Road.

The tractor, which is larger than a ride-on lawn mower, was apparently being used to split wood, Police Chief Ernest Steward Jr. said. A younger child got on the tractor and hit a pedal, and the rear tire backed over the 6-year-old, he said.

It is believed the tire went over the upper portion of the child’s body.

The incident was reported at about 12:10 p.m. on Saturday at 28 Jackman Way, according to Androscoggin County dispatch.

Livermore Falls Police officer Keith Masse is the investigating officer.

The second child was uninjured, according to a dispatcher.

The boy was airlifted by LifeFlight of Maine to Maine Medical Center in Portland.

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